Please see how I am preparing containers for gr owing I made 4 to 5 hole around, but not at the bottom The bottom was not hole Put some sand up to the holes to keep some water remaining with the sand Use 30% of fertilizer and 70% of soil Mix it well and put on the sand up No need to use chemical fertilizer at all because it may destroy the property of the plant We must balance soil & fertilizer The reason why I keep some water remain at the bottom, because Aloe Vera need moisture to grow well Water & sand can control temperature The grass does not disturb the plant. In stead, it can protect the sun light Remove all too old leafs before planting Cover the soil if you don’t need the new plant coming up